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Microsoft Is Extending Windows 7 Support For Only Some Users

By September 14, 2019May 16th, 2022Technology News

There’s some good news for Enterprise users who are still using Windows 7.  By now, almost everyone is aware that the company is bringing support for the aging operating system to a close.

The original time frame for formally ending support and for ending the issuance of security updates was set for as soon as January 2020.

Enterprise users, however, were given the option of paying for additional support for a limited window of time to give them a little longer to migrate away from Windows 7 and onto a more modern OS.  Unfortunately, that window is now rapidly closing too. Recently, Microsoft announced a limited-time promotion for EA (Enterprise Agreement) and EAS (Enterprise Subscription Agreement) customers which will give them an extra year of Windows 7 security updates for free.

There is a catch, of course.  You have to have an active subscription to either Windows 10 E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 Security.  If you do, you can take advantage of the offer and milk a little more time and life out of your Windows 7 systems.

That’s big news for any company of any size that’s struggling to migrate away from an old Legacy system that depends on Windows 7 to function properly. That is because the costs of continuing to receive Windows 7 security updates beyond the January 2020 deadline are per device and increase every year.

In 2020, you’ll pay $25 per device, which will double to $50 per device in year two and $100 per device in year three.  If you’re using Windows 7 Pro, your costs are even higher:  $50 on year one, $100 on year two, and a staggering $200 per device on year three.

The bottom line is, if you need the extra time to move away from Windows 7, it pays to take advantage of Microsoft’s recent offer.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.